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Renewables developer warns of a grid-induced crisis akin to South Africa’s 2008 generation crisis 

By: Terence Creamer     27th October 2021 Growing constraints on South Africa’s power grid could precipitate a crisis similar to the one experienced in 2008, when it became apparent that the country had run short of generation capacity, the head of a leading domestic renewable-energy company warned on Wednesday. African Clean Energy... 

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CEF mulls buying Sapref oil refinery

By: Bloomberg     27th October 2021 South Africa is considering buying the country’s biggest oil refinery, a joint venture between Royal Dutch Shell and BP, known as Sapref. The State-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF), which manages the country’s energy assets, is looking at acquiring the 180 000 bbl/d plant, which is located on the... 

A photo of the Sapref refinery
The Sapref refinery

Global supply chain disruptions, civil unrest take toll on Metair 

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2021 Metair warns that the second half of its 2021 financial year will continue to be dominated by the impact of Covid-19, as well as the “severe effect” of global supply-chain disruptions and the global shortage of semi-conductors. Metair manufactures, assembles, distributes and retails energy... 

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Daimler Buses creates mobile 3D printing centre for spare parts

By: Irma Venter     27th October 2021 Daimler Buses and its service brand Omniplus have created a mobile printing centre for the decentralised production of three-dimensional (3D) printed spare parts in order to provide bus customers with spare parts more quickly.  The mini factory in the form of a container includes all of the... 

Image of Daimler Buses' container 3D printing lab

Gas key as South Africa transitions to clean energy

By: Schalk Burger     27th October 2021 Gas will be needed to close help meet energy demand in South Africa during the necessary transition to clean energy,  speakers from the energy sector, academics, financial institutions and South African government departments said during a webinar on October 27. They noted, however, that South... 

Cell C achieves improved H1 performance 

By: Natasha Odendaal     27th October 2021 Mobile operator Cell C has reported improvements in profitability and operational efficiencies during the six months to June 30, 2021, as steady progress is made in the company’s phased turnaround. With the implementation of a new operating model and network strategy, along with new customers... 

Famous Brands reports strong revenue recovery, return to profitability

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     27th October 2021 JSE-listed African food services franchisor Famous Brands’ revenue recovered to R3-billion and its operating profit to R222-million for the six months ended August 31. The group’s operating profit margin improved to 7.4% from the comparable period in the prior year. 

Drive to build a better world now being adopted in legislation, corporate strategies

By: Simone Liedtke     27th October 2021 There is a need to enhance resource efficiency and increase recycling and the sustainable production of resources, all while limiting the impact of these activities on the environment and reduce waste, says industry association the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) legal, regulatory... 

Exxaro sending a delegation to COP26

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2021 Resources company Exxaro Resources is sending several of its executives and sustainability experts to form part of the South African delegation to participate at the COP26 climate change summit, which is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from October 31 to November 12. COP26 convenes global... 

Tshwane failed to maintain wastewater plants, leading to pollution of rivers, dams - SAHRC

By: News24Wire      27th October 2021 Freshwater sources in Tshwane, including the Hennops river and Roodeplaat dam, are being polluted with untreated and partially treated sewage and sludge with devastating effects because of a failure to maintain wastewater treatment works in Pretoria. These were the findings released by the South... 

European organisation to promote sustainable exploitation of lunar resources launched

By: Rebecca Campbell     27th October 2021 Europe-based global major aerospace group Airbus, French-based global major industrial gases group Air Liquide and Luxembourg-based lunar micro-robotic exploration company ispace Europe announced on Tuesday that they had jointly created a non-profit organisation which they had named EURO2MOON.... 

Sibanye-Stillwater well positioned as climate resilient business – Froneman 

By: Martin Creamer     27th October 2021 Precious and green metals company Sibanye-Stillwater is well positioned as a climate-change resilient business in the future green economy, says CEO Neal Froneman, who emphasises environmental social governance (ESG) as being core to the company’s strategy as it achieves its objective of building... 

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Sibanye-Stillwater CEO Neal Froneman

CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills 

27th October 2021 The Pretoria-based Council for Scientific and Industrial Research has developed a learning factory geared towards upskilling people for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This factory showcases various robotic systems, augmented reality, the incorporation of Internet-of-Things and automation,... 

CSIR unveils 4IR factory to bolster local skills

Load-shedding moved to Stage 4

By: Creamer Media Reporter      27th October 2021 Power utility Eskom has announced that it will implement Stage 4 load-shedding from 12:00 on Wednesday to 05:00 on Friday. Thereafter Stage 2 load-shedding will continue until 05:00 on Saturday. 

A photo of Eskom's Lethabo power station
Photo by Creamer Media's Terence Creamer
Eskom's Lethabo power station

South African businesses facing many risks

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 A survey of 2 869 business executives in Group of Twenty (G20) countries, including 110 in South Africa, showed that 38% of South African companies are under pressure in the next 12 months to integrate technology, compared with 41% globally. Twenty-nine per cent of South African respondents said... 

SAPVIA releases best practice operations, maintenance guidelines

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry body South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and Europe energy market organisation SolarPower Europe have released the 'Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Best Practice Guidelines for South Africa'.  The guidelines build on SolarPower Europe’s 'European O&M Best Practice... 

Just Share continues battle for Sasol to table shareholder-proposed resolution

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 Nonprofit shareholder activism organisation JustShare on October 26 said petrochemicals company Sasol had refused to table the sixth shareholder-proposed resolution filed with the company in five consecutive years. The organization said it believes Sasol’s refusal to table such resolutions seems... 

Pandemic presents risk, opportunities for businesses, says BLSA CEO

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     26th October 2021 The Covid-19 pandemic and associated uncertainty have led to a number of opportunities and risks for the country and for the continent, Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) CEO Busisiwe Mavuso said in a keynote address at Deloitte Africa’s Risk Conference 2021 on October 26. In terms of... 

Three African space agencies win opportunity to place imager on International Space Station

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2021 A combined project of three African space agencies has been selected by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Airbus Defence and Space as the winner of their joint opportunity for a free 12-month science mission based on the International Space Station (ISS). The project... 

The Bartolomeo platform is visible attached to the lower part of the near end of the cylindrical Columbus Module of the ISS.
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The Bartolomeo platform is visible attached to the lower part of the near end of the cylindrical Columbus Module of the ISS.

Eskom suggests modular microgrid option to power outlying communities in Africa

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 Should State power utility Eskom show the way to a cleaner and greener energy future through its 15-year roadmap, group CEO Andre de Ruyter believes it will demonstrate Africa’s ability to leapfrog older technologies and “move straight to the latest technologies”. Eskom, he notes, is responsible... 

De Ruyter suggests 15-yr roadmap for South Africa’s just energy transition

By: Simone Liedtke     26th October 2021 While there has been “very positive engagement” in the lead up to COP26, power utility Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter stresses that the coal value chains and communities that surround its coal-fired generation “cannot be left in the lurch” as foreign governments look to support South Africa in its... 

Eskom’s R178bn grid plan points to ‘scary’ step change in expansionary capex 

By: Terence Creamer     26th October 2021 State-owned electricity utility Eskom has outlined a R178-billion grid investment plan for the coming ten years, which is premised on a dramatic acceleration of expansionary capital expenditure. The Transmission Development Plan (TDP) for the period 2022 to 2031 is largely geared towards... 

Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers
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Eskom group executive for transmission Segomoco Scheppers

Isuzu updates govt on R1.2bn plant investment, new D-Max ready for 2022 launch 

By: Irma Venter     26th October 2021 Isuzu Motors South Africa (IMSAf) this week welcomed the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel to its plant in Struandale, Gqeberha. Patel previously visited Isuzu in 2019, shortly before the announcement that the Japanese manufacturer would invest R1.2-billion into its... 

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Ebrahim Patel and Billy Tom

African Energy Chamber report provides details into continent's energy sector

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry organisation the African Energy Chamber (AEC) has published its 'State of African Energy 2022' report, which highlights the need for a balanced and Africa-centric energy transition that incorporates the needs of the African continent within global climate mitigation strategies.... 

Business body Busa seeks court order on mandatory Covid-19 vaccination

By: News24Wire      26th October 2021 Court action initiated by Business Unity South Africa (Busa) to seek an order on compulsory Covid-19 vaccination in the workplace is looming. The business lobby says it is consulting lawyers over the legal process of the action, which is supported by its members as part of the measures aimed at... 

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First Corolla Cross hybrid electric vehicle rolls off the line at TSAM's KwaZulu-Natal plant 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     26th October 2021 Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) on October 26 officially launched the Corolla Cross production line at its assembly plant in Prospecton, KwaZulu-Natal.  The plant is able to produce 111 Corolla Cross vehicles a day, or about 30 000 units a year, for export to more than 40 countries.  

A photo of President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of Toyota South Africa Motors' new Corolla Cross production line in KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Creamer Media's Marleny Arnoldi
President Cyril Ramaphosa at the opening of Toyota South Africa Motors' new Corolla Cross production line in KwaZulu-Natal

Godongwana's request for a one-week delay for medium-term budget approved  

By: News24Wire      26th October 2021 Parliament spokesperson Moloto Mothapo took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana's medium-term budget policy statement will be pushed back by a week to 11 November. This comes after Business Day reported that the date for Godongwana's joint sitting debut would... 

Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana
Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana

Platinum's atypical alkaline electrolyser role lowering hydrogen cost outlook 

By: Martin Creamer     26th October 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs) are lifting the performance of an alkaline electrolyser, which is helping to lower the cost outlook of green hydrogen. PGMs have been incorporated in the catalytic coatings of the electrodes of the prototype Advanced Alkaline Electrolyser (AAE) alkaline electrolyser... 

Creamer Media screenshot of Hydrox electrolyser.
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Hydrox’s PGM-using alkaline electrolyser.

Tiger Brands expects up to 15% decrease in HEPS following unrest, product recall

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2021 Food producer Tiger Brands' share price on the JSE fell on Tuesday morning as it warned of an up to 15% year-on-year decrease in headline earning per share (HEPS) for the financial year ended September 30. The JSE-listed company said HEPS from continuing operations would likely be between 5% and... 

Construction of Chinese small modular reactor achieves major milestone

By: Rebecca Campbell     26th October 2021 A major structural component for China’s ACP100 demonstration small modular nuclear reactor (SMR) has been installed at the Changjiang nuclear power plant (NPP), on the Chinese island province of Hainan, “World Nuclear News” has reported. The component is a steel containment vessel bottom head,... 

A photo of the ACP100 reactor containment vessel bottom head being craned into position
Photo by China National Nuclear Corporation
The ACP100 reactor containment vessel bottom head is craned into position

City reports steady progress on Selby BRT depot

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 The City of Johannesburg (CoJ) says the Selby Rea Vaya bus rapid transit (BRT) depot is progressing towards practical completion in one of the heavier industrial nodes in the inner city. The depot will minimise traffic congestion between depots and route starting points and will also be used for... 

SAWEA urges industry members, stakeholders to support global net-zero push

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 Industry organisation the South African Wind Energy Association (SAWEA) urges key stakeholders, including governments, economies and communities, to put policies in place that will raise ambitions and remove barriers to the massive scale up in investments in wind power to help reach global... 

Blue Train resumes Joburg to Durban operations

By: Schalk Burger     26th October 2021 The luxury Blue Train, which turns 75 this year, resumed operations between Johannesburg and Durban on October 21 with a private, overnight charter with luxury hospitality, fine cuisine, drinks and entertainment. “Our clients have continued to enjoy our scheduled journey between Pretoria and Cape... 

Altron’s Mteto Nyati receives honorary doctorate

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2021 JSE-listed Altron Group CEO Mteto Nyati has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Johannesburg’s College of Business and Economics. “The institution recognises the outstanding contribution of Mteto Nyati, driven by elevating others, service, integrity, excellence and fairness,”... 

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Mteto Nyati

Stage 2 load-shedding to continue until Saturday morning

By: Creamer Media Reporter      26th October 2021 Power utility Eskom has announced that, owing to a shortage of generation capacity, Stage 2 load-shedding will be implemented from 09:00 on October 26 to 05:00 on October 30. "While Eskom teams have successfully returned a unit each at the Kusile, Matimba and Arnot power stations during the early... 

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Phase 2 of Smart City platform to focus on job creation through private services

By: Schalk Burger     25th October 2021 The second phase rollout of the My Smart City citizen platform will focus on job creation through private services that will be offered on the platform, like car washing, dog walking, gardening, pool maintenance or tutoring, says asset and resource management software company Acumen Software CEO... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

By: Rebecca Campbell     25th October 2021 Zero-carbon-emission aviation technology company ZeroAvia has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Regional Jet Aviation Group (MHIRJ) to cooperate in the development of hydrogen-electric propulsion for regional airliners. ZeroAvia specialises in developing hydrogen-electric (fuel... 

Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems
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Aviation companies sign cooperation agreement to advance carbon-free propulsion systems

Africa must address six barriers to unlock greater climate funding

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th October 2021 Africa is not receiving sufficient climate funding from the available pool and there are six key enablers that must be focused on to unlock that funding, GFA Climate and Infrastructure MD Jonathan First said on October 25 during the Africa-Europe Dialogue on African Climate Finance Priorities for... 

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